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CARVING OUT THE COMMONS event at Simon Fraser University with Amanda Huron

When Mar 14, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre 7000, 515 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3, Canada
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Huron_Carving coverAmanda Huron will be at Simon Fraser University on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of her new book, Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. She will be joined by organizer and scholar Matt Hern as well as Lama Mugabo and Anthonia Ogundele of the Hogans Alley Trust Project.

Carving Out the Commons theorizes the practice of urban “commoning” in Washington, D.C., through an investigation of the city’s limited-equity housing cooperatives. It asks whether a commons can work in a city where land and resources are scarce and how strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create commonly held spaces in the midst of capitalism.


"Through interviews and historical research, Amanda Huron gives us an in-depth description of the formation of a housing cooperative in Washington, D.C. in the ’70s and develops a theoretical structure enabling us to generalize this experience to other cities. It is an incisive book that speaks to a vital issue in contemporary politics and social theory."—Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation


"Amanda Huron illuminates new ways of thinking what social justice in the city can look like. Her writing is rigorous yet upholds the dignity of the people she studies and their attempts to stake out a right to their city. Carving Out the Commons will be a go-to both for academics and organizers in the coming years."—James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco's Housing Wars

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